“When I first started studying sex trafficking in 2008, I thought it mean girls were kidnapped and chained to beds,” explains Professor Meghan Sobel. Soon she realized that was the Hollywood version – not the reality. In order to combat sex trafficking effectively, we must first understand what it is. Meghan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Regis University, where she teaches classes on international communication, public relations, and human rights. Meghan’s research focuses on the role of mass media in combating human rights abuses and humanitarian crises. She is also a certified cake decorator. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.